Actress Michelle Williams has responded to the news that Mark Wahlberg and his agency donated $2 million to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund following the pay gap controversy that surrounded the reshoots of the film “All the Money in the World.”
In a statement released on Saturday, Williams acknowledged her fellow actresses and activist friends who helped her speak out against gender inequality in Hollywood.
“Today isn’t about me,” the actress said. “My fellow actresses stood by me and stood up for me, my activist friends taught me to use my voice, and the most powerful men in charge, they listened and they acted. If we truly envision an equal world, it takes equal effort and sacrifice.”
Last fall, Williams and Wahlberg came together with director Ridley Scott to reshoot scenes for “All the Money in the World” with actor Christopher Plummer, who was replacing Kevin Spacey. Spacey was dropped from the film weeks prior to its release after receiving allegations of sexual harassment.
The reshoots demonstrated Hollywood’s gender pay gap in a very striking manner. Williams was paid $80 per day, totaling less than $1000, for the reshoots, while Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million.
The news got major backlash in social media from fans and various celebrities. In response, Wahlberg released a statement and said that he is donating the $1.5 to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. He also revealed that he is making the donation in Michelle Williams’ name.
“Over the last few days my reshoot fee for ‘All the Money in the World’ has become an important topic of conversation,” said Wahlberg in the statement. “I 100% support the fight for fair pay and I’m donating the $1.5M to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund in Michelle Williams’ name.”
William Morris Endeavor, the agency that represented Wahlberg and Williams during negotiations for “All the Money in the World,” also donated an additional $500,000 as a result of the backlash.